Proteas ponder Bosman move

Loots Bosman

Loots Bosman takes a breather during a practice session ahead of the semi-final in Jaipurr

South Africa could bring in big-hitting opener Loots Bosman in place of Boeta Dippenaar for their ICC Champions Trophy semi-final against West Indies on Thursday.

After the Proteas top order failed on three occasions in the group phase of the tournament, the selectors are considering the possibility of giving Bosman a chance to prove himself in a bid to get the team off to a flying start in Jaipur.

The 29-year-old made his one-day international debut against Zimbabwe only last month, but an average of 47 has been built up against lesser opposition.

Coach Mickey Arthur was keeping quiet over the possible change following a discussion with captain Graeme Smith and selector Haroon Lorgat.

“Graeme, Haroon and I have had a long chat,” Arthur said. “We will consider the conditions well before looking at our options. I think we have a good idea of what we are going to do.

“We spoke for a long time about getting accustomed to normal subcontinent conditions. This means alternating the bowlers, while the batsmen have to play straight.

“To adapt is very important. We have been talking about it since the start of the tournament. We did not adapt in Mumbai but have been rather close to where we want to be since then.

“The conditions vary so much that almost all the plans we made before the tournament have gone out of the window. Conditions have not been nearly as good as the teams expected them to be.”